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Second Thoughts on the Tropic Thunder Boycott
Disability activists have called for a boycott of the 2008 summer blockbuster movie and DVD due to demeaning language, storylines and repulsive catch phrases coined for the satire that are expected to further pollute common language. I now believe everyone in my community should see Tropic Thunder.

'Tropic Thunder' Movie Affects Ordinary Lives
Ben Stillerīs movie, Tropic Thunder, offers a humiliating portrayal of a developmentally disabled character, hate language, and a īmovie within a movieī that increases risks for individuals with intellectual disabilities who attend movies, work at theaters, or enjoy participation in community life.

Teaching Reading to Teens and Young Adults
Teens and young adults with developmental disabilities or other special needs may show signs of reading readiness and be highly motivated to learn to read long after they are given opportunities in the classroom, community or at home. Reluctant readers can find books with age appropriate characters.

Surgery and Children with Diabetes
Children with type one diabetes who are scheduled for surgery have special needs before hosptial admittance, during surgery, recovery, and in aftercare that have been thoughtfully predicted by pediatric endocrinologists, surgeons and anesthesiologists at many childrenīs hospitals and medical centers

Self Employment for Teens with Disabilities
Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities, by Cary Griffin and David Hammis, is a timely resource for families, counselors, job coaches, transition specialists, and individuals with developmental disabilities, physical challenges, chronic health conditions or other special needs.

Boardmaker and PECS Communication Alternatives
Children who do not use speech to communicate are highly motivated to make their needs, interests and preferences known through the use of picture communication cards or boards. Standardized graphics programs like Boardmaker, PECS and Makaton are useful in education and easing scheduled transitions.

Grief - Comforting Children with Disabilities
Children with special needs who experience grief and loss in their lives benefit from the same consideration, support and acknowledgement as their mainstream peers

Raising A Sensory Smart Child - Review
Raising a Sensory Smart Child - Helping Your Child with Sensory Integration Issues, by Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske, forward by Temple Grandin. The strategies and advice offered through this book make it a treasure for parents and professionals who care for children with sensory integration issues.

Transition Planning for Teens with Disabilities
Issues to consider when supporting teens transitioning from special education in high school to post-secondary education or adult programs are often the same shared by their mainstream peers and siblings. Goals include improving quality of life and encouraging responsibility and better decisions.

Feeding Therapy for Children
Feeding therapy is a big help for babies and young children who have sensory issues with food, motor planning problems related to mouthing, chewing or swallowing, or who are transitioning to taking nourishment by nursing or eating. Pleasant mealtime social interactions can be reflected in therapy.

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